Two Shot Dead, One Child Found Burned in Kosovo

Published November 13th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Two Kosovo Albanians were shot dead and the corpse of an Ashkaeli gypsy child was found burned in separate incidents in the lawless Yugoslav province, UN police said Monday. 

The 13-year-old Ashkaeli was found by his brother in an abandoned house near his home in Urosevac, southern Kosovo, on Sunday, just three days after four Ashkaeli were shot dead in an apparent ethnic attack, spokesman Derek Chappell told AFP. 

"The boy went missing when he was supposed to be walking home, and his family went out to look for him," Chappell said, "The body was so badly burned we have yet to establish the cause of death, but as far as we know there is no direct connection with the previous attack." 

Local press reports named the child as Emrah Hasani. Chappell said police strongly suspected he was murdered, but that inquiries were continuing. 

On Thursday four Ashkaeli -- three heads of family and a 16-year-old boy -- were found riddled with bullets outside the homes they were trying to rebuild after returning to the village 17 months after the end of the Kosovo war. 

Police believe ethnic Albanian extremists, who suspect Gypsies of having collaborated with Serb forces during the fighting, killed the Ashkaeli only two days after they returned home. 

In a separate incident Ali Ibrahim Shala, a Kosovo Albanian woodcutter, was killed and a passenger in his car injured when it was ambushed on a road near Kosovo's border with Albania, police said. 

"The car was fired upon either by people by the road or in another vehicle, killing the driver," Chappell said, "It went off the road and turned over. We have a line of enquiry and there is nothing to suggest the incident was ethnic or political." 

Shala's passenger, 45-year old Sali Jasiqi, was seriously injured in the attack, but his 20-year-old son, Rhiad Shala, was unhurt, police said. 

In a third incident Sunday 34-year-old Nezir Delaveri was shot outside his house, in the western village of Stupelj, by an unidentified gunman armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, Major Steven Shappell, spokesman for Kosovo's NATO-led peacekeepers said -- PRISTINA (AFP)  

 

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